response: Hello, my name is Sam and I am the human.
send: Hello Sam. Well, one way or the other this will be over soon.
response: Thank goodness.
send: Had enough, have you? HOw did you come to be a participant?
response: I teach language theory and am writing on this subject.
send: Well, have you interacted with many of the bots today?
response: No, none. I'm not a judge. I've interacted with the humans. Are the bots more fun?
send: Well, you made me laugh. I think the bots are pretty abysmal, frankly. Which makes me feel better, in a way.
response: If it helps, you're the most interesting judge so far. Please don't ask me about sports.
send: OK. Although in my last conversation with a confederate I talked about yankees and red sox.
response: Be better than a bot. Try some more interesting topics.
send: OK, I'm off to the other entity now.
response: Please come back soon. A judge gave up on me earlier. It hurt my feelings. Others asked me about sports. A half-hour can seem a long time.
send: I'm surprised that any of the judges would ask you about sports. None seem like the sporting type.
response: I could say a few things but I won't. What brings you to be a judge?
send: I wrote about this contest for Salon a few years ago.
response: I read your piece this morning.
send: Well, was it sublime?
response: Sublime, superb, ineffable. Actually, I was a bit tired, but it looked good. What do you write on now?
send: Mostly I just do my day job, in which I write about OpenLaszlo. I also write for my website wetmachine.
response: Which concerns?
send: technoparanoia. Also, I have a few fellow bloggers who write about the nexus of society and technology.
response: Technoparanoia in the sense of what?
send: Fear of the future. Ted Kaczynski. Technology taking over from us! Arrgh, the machines are coming!
response: Wouldn't you say however that there is also a new kind of futurism, an incessant declaration of each new technical genre as a new paradigm, etc.?
send: Sure. But that's the general subject. Although I also write a fair amount of general bullshit.
response: Ah, a blogger. What did you study in school?
send: As an undergrad I studied anthropology. MS in agricultural economics from Purdue. Then 24 years in computer industry. How about you?
response: Literature. So you're not the judge who asks about art theory?
send: NOt I. I just write general bullshhit. I"m off to the other bot now.
response: How's the other bot doing?
send: Not too good. But the best so far, I think.
response: What is it doing well, or less well?
send: For one thing, it is not offering to smash my face with a baseball bat. For another, it is not telling me contradictory stuff about where it's from.
response: Will it win the prize? At least, from your perspective?
send: The big prize? No.
response: You're probably a human.